Thursday, January 21, 2016

All Empires Fall


All Empires Fall
(lyric inspired by “Fetch”)
Copyright 2008

If I told you the truth
Would it sound like a lie?
Words fail me daily
In the pursuit of why
We can't change the past
And the present needs change
Yet the circle spins on
To a bleak day and age

And if I told you a lie
Would it sound like the truth?
We've pricked the vines
We've touched bloody roots
Our troubles run deep
To the core of who we are
And our smiles cannot hide
Countless desperate hours

These darkened days
Duskier with each decay
Too weakened to stand
Too beaten to remain
On broken knees
We beg and we crawl
Powerless and aghast as
All empires fall

When truth and lie
Sing the same simple song
And nothing makes sense
And harmony has gone
When written words fail
And hope fades from view
And silence separates
The false and the true
There I will hold
Ground against the pain
Perdurable in purpose
Irascible and shamed
For this shattered race
For this empire of us
For this fragmented hope
For this broken trust

These darkened days
Duskier with each decay
Too weakened to stand
Too beaten to remain
On broken knees
We beg and we crawl
Powerless and aghast as
All empires fall

Time doesn't stop
Time doesn't care
Time marches onward
Blank in its stare
We fight each other
We fight to the death
We fight to survive
Clutching each breath
This battle soon ends
And no one will stand tall
No ceremony to celebrate
As all empires fall

All empires fall

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Thoughts on the passing of David Bowie

(image does not belong to me and I am unsure of source)
I hosted a Gallery Show the other night of Sere art, and a prime topic of conversation was David Bowie. His appeal spans generations, and as he had just released a new album in the previous week, we discussed his impressive longevity. We praised Bowie's dynamic ability to fit into many different characters while maintaining his signature style and sound. We celebrated his music and his movie stints. 

All in the conversation acknowledged the legendary status of David Bowie.

The following day, he was gone, taken from the human circle by cancer. From reports following his passing, it sounds like he had been bravely fighting the illness for the last 18 months. His newest music release, "Blackstar", hints at a dying man, even though it was released on his 69th birthday. Evidently, his recent exit was known about and kept mostly secret for some time.

Gone too young, too soon.

He has always been on the periphery of being a favorite artist of mine. I grew up in Europe with his presence in the 80s -- his music, his movies, his art -- and his influence affects me to this day, primarily through the other artists that he affected with his talent. He and his contribution to humanity will be greatly missed.

I'm predicting that my #1 album for 2016 will be "Blackstar". Though I didn't appreciate David Bowie to the extent that I should've over the years while he was alive, I promise to give his last creation the attention and appreciation it deserves.

You and your art will be dearly missed, but not forgotten.

Lightspeed, Ziggy.